Sunday, December 24, 2017

South Pacific Islands 2017


Hi,

We have returned from our cruise around the South Pacific Islands.  I spent two weeks of patchwork, patchwork, patchwork, a little reading, talking and sharing with others.  We sailed on the Golden Princess with friends and another 2588 passengers and 1100 crew members.  This was our 6th cruise and second time visiting the south Pacific Islands.

We visited Mare, Noumea, Mystery Island, Port Vila, Champagne Bay and Luganville.




The above photos were taken from the ship in Noumea.  We visited about 6 years ago.  I remembered  Noumea as being a pretty 
place.  However I took a tour around the sites.  The immediate sites 
this time were lots of concrete and concrete buildings. I visited the 
market, bought some fridge magnets and returned to the ship. It was very warm and very humid.  I returned and appreciated the air conditioned ship.

The following photos were taking during a tour of Mystery Island.  Mystery Island is only a very small uninhabited island.  The locals bring their wares over on their boats and ferry.

I did a tour of a village on the main island. Here are some photos. 












The following photo was taken in Luganville.  The group were singing Christmas carols.  It was such an unexpected site. 



Our friend and I played Skipbo during the evenings





I spent most of my time during the cruise working on the golliwogs 
quilt.  My husband found splenty if peopleto talk too. Our friends attend trivia games. 






We arrived back in Melbourne. The cruise ship in moored at the dock in Melbourne.  We left the ship about 10:00.  Princess Cruises certainly knows how to unload the passengers from the previous cruise and load new passengers for the next with limitless hassle